Ken Block: “I Can’t Wait to Get Behind the Wheel”

by Jake Handley

Ken Block will make his FIA World RallyCross Championship debut in around two weeks’ time, with the American saying he “can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”

Block, who drives for his Hoonigan Racing Division team, will contest three rounds of this year’s WRX, with those rounds being in Norway, France, and Turkey, with his campaign also comprising of the Global RallyCross Championship in the States and selected rounds of the World Rally Championship

“They’re the three that worked out well with the rest of my schedule. I had to fit them in between a few stage rallies, GRC and some Gymkhana events and video projects. It’s not easy fitting everything in, believe me,” explained Block.

“The car we’re running is an updated version of the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 that we debuted last year in America and it’s based on the M-Sport WRC car, which is a chassis that I have a lot of seat-time in, so I’d say I’m very comfortable in the car. We had a testing and shakedown day a few weeks ago and it went well, so the next time I’ll be in the car will be during practice for Hell.

“Rallycross is different from other forms of motorsport because of its intense format. The races themselves aren’t that long, which means everyone is very aggressive right off the line. Combine that aggression with the fact that people are going door to door fighting for corners and it’s highly entertaining for both the drivers and the fans. I like it because it’s such a challenge and allows me to use a whole different form of racecraft than what I use in stage rallies.

“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

WRX Norway takes place on a 63/37 ration of tarmac/gravel track between June 4-5 in Hell.

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